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Stig_Blomqvist

Stig Blomqvist

Stig Lennart Blomqvist (born July 29 1946 in Örebro, Sweden) is a Swedish rally driver. Blomqvist won the Swedish Rally several times, and was the 1984 World Rally Champion.

Stig Blomqvist acquired his driving licence at the age of 18, and immediately took 2nd place in a 1964 local rally event near the Swedish town of Karlstad, behind the wheel of a Saab 96. He proceeded to drive with the Saab team, and achieved his first international victory at the 1971 British RAC Rally.

He won the Swedish Rally in 1971 (Saab 96 V4), 1972 (Saab 96V V4), 1973 (Saab 96 V4), 1977 (Saab 99 EMS) and 1979 (Saab 99 Turbo). He won the 1976 Boucles de Spa Rally, in the Saab 99 EMS. His long-time association with Saab ended when the Saab Sport department hung up their spurs, in 1982 but he had enjoyed much success with the team. In 1971 alone, he started 16 rallies and scored 11 wins.

He continued with top performances with Lancia and Talbot Sunbeam Lotus and, in the early 1980s, he became one of the first to drive a four-wheel drive rally car, with an Audi Quattro. Competing alongside such other rally greats as Walter Röhrl, Markku Alén, Michèle Mouton and Hannu Mikkola, he achieved five victories in 1984, becoming the World Rally Champion.

His rally career was at its peak during the Group B rally car era of the mid-1980s, when he excelled with the Nissan, Ford and Peugeot teams. In the 1990s he used his experience of two-wheel drive cars and helped the Škoda Motorsport team to develop the Felicia Kit Car. During a guest appearance at the 1996 Rally of Great Britain, the 50-year-old veteran finished 3rd overall with a Skoda Felicia Kit Car 1,6.

In 2001, Stig Blomqvist, together with co-driver Ana Goni, competed in the World Rally Championship with a group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, finishing in 5th place overall in the 2001 FIA group N classification.

In September 2008, Blomqvist took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. He was one of a number of ex-world champions to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007. On the event he was co-driven by Ana Goni in a Ford Escort RS1800.

Track record

1967

1968

  • Swedish Rally, 9th, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver B Reinicke

1969

  • Swedish Rally, 8th, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver B Moreus

1970

1971

  • RAC Rally, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • Hankiralli, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • Swedish Rally, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • 1000 Lakes Rally, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • Safari Rally, 13th, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • Double Swedish Rally Champion, class R and class T gr 2.

1972

  • Swedish Rally, 1st, SAAB V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • RAC Rally, 2nd, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz

1973

  • Swedish Rally, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • Cyprus Rally, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Arne Hertz
  • Swedish Rally Champion.

1974

  • Arctic Rally, 2nd, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • RAC Rally, 2nd, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • 1000 Lakes, 4th, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • Swedish Rally Champion

1975

  • Swedish Rally, 2nd, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • Arctic Rally, 2nd, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • Swedish Rally Champion

1976

  • Boucles de Spa Rally, 1st, SAAB 99 EMS, co-driver Hans Sylvan
  • Swedish Rally, 2nd, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • RAC Rally, 2nd, Saab 99 EMS, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • Swedish Rally Champion

1977

  • Swedish Rally, 1st, SAAB 99 EMS, co-driver Hans Sylván
  • Finnish Hankiralli, 1st, SAAB 96 V4, co-driver Hans Sylván

1978

1979

1980

1981

  • South Swedish Rally, 2nd, SAAB 99 turbo
  • RAC Rally, 3rd, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Swedish Rally, 5th, SAAB 99 turbo, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 1000 Lakes, 8th, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, co-driver Björn Cederberg

1982

  • Swedish Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • San Remo Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • South Swedish Rally, 1st, SAAB 99 turbo
  • 1000 Lakes, 2nd, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • RAC Rally, 8th, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 4th place in WRC
  • Swedish Rally Champion
  • Swedish HillClimb Champion.

1983

  • RAC Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Scottish Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Ulster Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Swedish Rally, 2nd, Audi 80 Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Argentina, 2nd, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 1000 Lakes, 2nd, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Monte Carlo, 3rd, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Acropolis, 3rd, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 4th place in WRC
  • Swedish Rallycross Champion, Audi Quattro
  • Swedish HillClimb Champion, Audi Quattro
  • British Rally Champion

1984

  • Swedish Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Acropolis, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • New Zeeland Rally, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Argentina, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Ivory Coast, 1st, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Monte Carlo, 2nd, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 1000 Lakes, 4th, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Corsica, 5th, Audi Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 1st place in WRC - World Rally Champion

1985

  • Swedish Rally, 2nd, Audi Sport Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Acropolis, 2nd, Audi Sport Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 1000 Lakes, 2nd, Audi Sport Quattro S1, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Monte Carlo, 4th, Audi Sport Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • Rally Portugal, 4th, Audi Sport Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • New Zealand Rally, 4th, Audi Sport Quattro, co-driver Björn Cederberg
  • 2nd place in WRC

1986

1987

  • RAC Rally, 2nd, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, co-driver Bruno Berglund
  • 1000 Lakes, 3rd, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, co-driver Bruno Berglund
  • Swedish Rally, 6th, Ford Sierra XR 4x4, co-driver Bruno Berglund
  • 7th place in WRC
  • Swedish HillClimb Champion, Ford RS200

1988

  • Swedish Rally, 2nd, Ford Sierra XR 4x4, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Rally Mille Miglia, 2nd, Ford Sierra Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Rally Portugal, 5th, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • 1000 Lakes, 5th, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • RAC Rally, 6th, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • San Remo Rally, 7th, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • 4th place in WRC
  • Swedish HillClimb Champion, Ford RS200.

1989

1990

1991

  • Safari Rally, 5th, Nissan Sunny GTI-R 4WD, co-driver Benny Melander
  • 1000 Lakes, 8th, Nissan Sunny GTI-R 4WD, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Swedish Touring Car Championship, 1st Anderstorp, Ford Sierra RS500

1992

1993

  • Historic RAC Rally, 7th, Porsche 911
  • Swedish HillClimb Champion

1994

  • South Swedish Rally, 2nd, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Race of Champions, Gran Canaria, 2nd
  • Swedish Rally, 3rd, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • RAC Rally, 4th, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Swedish Rally Champion, Ford Escort RS Cosworth

1995

  • South Swedish Rally, 3rd, Ford Escort Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Swedish Rally, 7th, Ford Escort Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • RAC Rally, 21st, Skoda Felicia Kit Car, co-driver Benny Melander

1996

  • RAC Rally, 3rd, 1st in F2, Skoda Felicia Kit Car 1.6, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Safari Rally, 7th, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander
  • Swedish Rally, 8th, Ford Escort Cosworth, co-driver Benny Melander

1997

1998

  • Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), 13th, Ford Mondeo WSR

1999

2000

2001

  • RAC Rally, 16th, 4th grN, Mitsubishi Carisma GT-N, co-driver Ana Goni
  • Swedish Rally, 18th, 3rd grN, Mitsubishi Carisma GT-N, co-driver Ana Goni
  • Rally Catalunya, 21st, 3rd grN, Mitsubishi Carisma GT-N, co-driver Ana Goni
  • New Zealand, 21st, 4th grN, Mitsubishi Carisma GT-N, co-driver Ana Goni
  • 1000 Lakes, 22nd, Skoda Octavia WRC E2, co-driver Ana Goni
  • Rally Australia, 23rd, 7th grN, Mitsubishi Carisma GT-N, co-driver Ana Goni
  • San Remo Rally, 30th, 4th grN, Mitsubishi Carisma GT-N, co-driver Ana Goni
  • Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Co, USA, 2nd unlimited, Ford RS200

2002

2004

  • Roger Albert Clark Rally, UK. This rally inaugurated in 2004 is intended to be a recreation of the R.A.C. Rally of old - 4 days of rallying over some of the most famous stages in northern England and Scotland. Stig Blomqvist with co-driver Ana Goni won this event in their Ford Escort Mk II RS
  • Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Co, USA, 1st unlimited (unofficial results)

2005

2007

  • East African Safari Classic Rally. Blomqvist has been entered in a Ford Escort Mark 1, with co-driver Ana Goni.

External links

  • Video: Saab material from 1977 on the 1000 Lakes Rally that includes footage of Blomqvist driving a Saab. Blomqvist exits the rally due to an oil leak
  • Video: Blomqvist driving an Audi Quattro S1

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